Chester-le-Street Heritage Group

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The Chester-le-Street Chronicles.


Chester-le-Street Heritage Group have embarked upon the systematic photographing of all available pages of the Chester-le-Street Chronicles which run weekly from 1911 to 1935 numbering some twenty four bound volumes.

The Chester-le-Street Chronicles are currently stored at Beamish Museum’s Resource Centre and due to concerns about their fragile condition, it was been agreed with the owner of these weekly broadsheets and the current custodians at the Museum, that now is the time to record in detail the whole of the collection.

To achieve this, Chester-le-Street Heritage Group have undertaken the purchase of professional photography equipment and three Members of the Group pledged to attend the Resource Centre's photography studio once every week to carry out this task which is expected to take almost two years to complete.

The process required digitally photographing in high resolution each and every page, converting these to more usable formats which will be suitable for transferring to compact discs, compiling an index of all pages and making these available to the general public.

The information contained in these newspapers will be of great interest to all those who are researching local history or their family trees. The editions produced around the time of the First World War (1914 – 1918) where lists of names and even photographs of service men and those who died during that period have been meticulously recorded, will be of particular interest.

In addition, the Members of the Heritage Group did for several months visit the Resource Centre to make notes from the newspapers that will also be made available for use with the digitised DVD’s as well as for the Groups own research into the history of Chester-le-Street, the “Up and Down the Street Project” and other areas of interest.

Heritage Group Projects

Group Members preparing the pages to be photographed.

Each of the 24 Volumes contained 52 weekly editions of up to 10 pages - That’s 12,480 photographs.

Heritage Group Members collecting notes from the Chester-le-Street Chronicle Newspapers of particular interest.


Digitised copies of the 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916 and now the 1917 and 1918 editions of the Chester-le-Street Chronicles are now available on DVD - Priced at £8 each + £1 P&P.

Please send your cheque made payable to:

Chester-le-Street Heritage Group

To the address below:

Chester-le-Street Heritage Group.

14, Park Road North,


Co. Durham.


Registered Charity No: 1120080.

                         (Sorry, UK only).

View a sample edition

You can view a sample page of the Chester-le-Street Chronicles which shows the news and events of the day as produced on the 25th August, 1916. Just click on the button opposite.

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